This week in Winning Post

As the Rosehill carnival concludes, the build-up to the Championships continues this Saturday with the running of The BMW, the Vinery Stud Stakes and a handful more key Championships lead-ups.

In The BMW, 2016 Australian Derby winner Tavago (pictured) will be looking to build on his super-impressive recent win in the Sky High Stakes.

Can he keep expat Kiwi trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young on a roll? Joel Marshall's Rosehill preview will lead this week's Winning Post.

Elsewhere, the final Group 1 of the Melbourne autumn, the William Reid Stakes, will be run on Friday night at the Valley, while the Saturday metro action is at Mornington for the Mornington Cup and Hareeba Stakes.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for the Moonee Valley night meeting, plus the daytime action at Albury (cup day) and Terang as well as fields, colours and selections for Taree, Townsville and the Sunshine Coast.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Mornington in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide, Doomben in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus Benalla (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings, plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs, including fields and cup form for Morphettville.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 6, while elsewhere in the paper Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post March 25 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
Moonee Valley (night), Warrnambool, Newcastle
Rosehill, Mornington, Morphettville, Doomben, Ascot, Benalla (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sportsbet-Ballarat, Muswellbrook, Sunshine Coast, Hobart
Who is our greatest mare?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Moonee Valley Friday - R7 N5 Hooked
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R4 N3 Kenjorwood
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R6 N2 Exospheric
Rosehill Gardens Saturday - R6 N5 Libran
Letter of the Week

A punt, not a prize

With the magnificent Winx last week ticking over $10 million in earnings, my thoughts turned to the metric of prizemoney as an indicator of racehorse quality.
Clearly the bank is not the perfect measure of a racehorse. Most obviously, Australia’s highest all-time earner is Makybe Diva — a fine thoroughbred, but probably not many people’s idea of our greatest racehorse, even if we limit ourselves to this century.
To my mind Winx has clearly outperformed Makybe Diva already, and yet Winx will need to win the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and a third Cox Plate before she passes the Diva’s $14.5 million.
The reason is simple — in order to attract overseas participation, the Melbourne Cup is worth about twice as much money as its quality could justify.
Meanwhile poor old Black Caviar finished at less than $8 million despite an unblemished record across 25 starts, winning as many Group 1s as Makybe Diva won races.
Now we face another distortion with the introduction of The Everest, whereby preposterously the winner of yet another 1200-metre weight-for-age race will earn 70 per cent of what it has taken Winx 26 starts and 20 wins to achieve.
But should The Everest’s purse really count as prizemoney? After all, only a fraction of it will be put up by the club, industry and sponsors. The majority of the $10 million is not prizemoney at all but the kitty from an elaborate bet among the owners of runners and/or the cashed-up syndicates sponsoring them.

Dale Scott
Cremorne (Vic)
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Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: